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English noun: maternity

1. maternity (state) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

Synonymsgestation, pregnancy

Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

Narrower (hyponym)eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, entopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, gravida, gravidation, gravidity, gravidness, metacyesis, para, parity, placenta previa, trouble

Part holonymchildbed, cleavage, confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, morning sickness, parturiency, quickening, segmentation, travail

Domain category membersamnio, amniocentesis, endometrium, fetal movement, foetal movement, phlebothrombosis, stretch mark, venous thrombosis

2. maternity the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother


Broader (hypernym)family relationship, kinship, relationship

3. maternity (attribute) the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother

SamplesThe girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children.

Synonymsmaternal quality, maternalism, motherliness

Broader (hypernym)parental quality


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